Keep an eye out for the character (?) I play:
a Bible-quoting..and Bible-throwing... pastor who loves Matthew 18 too much.
I'll see you after the fine film.
SOOO... If I can't find anyone to blame, I often say,
"It's San Andreas' fault." (:
In the common mistranslation,
of Matthew 18..
for once.. it's not King James' fault.
This time, it's Douay-Rheims' fault.
15 But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. 16 And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. 17 And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.
"If your brother ___against you... .tell it to the church"
Compare translations (link), and note that almost all translate "sin against you."
Even King James.
Side note..One translation (BBE) could be problematic (if anyone actually used it):
"If your brother does wrong to you" works (as in "he does you wrong" by sinning against you), but it can be misread as what he does is only wrong to you (as in "in your opinion, he does wrong), not towards you.
In our day, Christians disagreeing with each other over differences in denomination, doctrine, weaker brother/sister issues. preferred Bible translation, ecclesiology, tattoos, view of Rob Bell ... or (gasp!) politics is enough for them to diss or divorce each other. We get so defensive and so offended. And we can quote chapter and verse to unfriend or excommunicate them..so we think.
Whatsup with that?
One way to read Matthew 18 is as cluster of answers to the disciples' question at the top of the act: "Who's great?" Jesus answers rabbinically:
Question #1: Who is Greatest?N. T. Wright, commenting on this passage:
2-17 Responses (each are counter proposals)2-10 Response #1: Children2-4 Counter Proposal: Accept children5-9 Threat: If cause scandal10 Show of force: Angels protect12-14 Response #2: Sheep12-14 Counter Proposal: Search for the 1 of 100 who is lost15-17 Response #3: Brother who sins (counter proposal)15a Hypothetical situation: If sin15-17 Answer: Attempt to get brother to be reconciled17b If fail: Put him out and start over -Camp/Roberts, Fresno Pacific University
"It's time in today's culture that we took reconciliation seriously." (Matthew for Everyone, Vol 2, p. 34)
Gee, why didn't be say , "It's time in today's culture that we took confronting brothers and sisters who offend us theologically or politically seriously."??
Hey, if you must have King James, and want a verse on an offending brother, how about this or this?